The "Grand Finale" To Cassini's Tour of Saturn Sounds Pretty Damn Epic

On Monday, NASA's Cassini probe celebrated ten years of Saturnian exploration – a decade of stunning images and insights about the planet and its moons. But in late 2016, Cassini will begin the dramatic final phase of its mission – a newly annointed "Grand Finale" that will culminate with an intentional dive into… » 7/02/14 11:45am 7/02/14 11:45am

New Hi-Res Footage Shows Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon Like Never Before

You're looking at a newly released 8-frame movie of Saturn's enigmatic "hexagon." It is the highest-resolution footage ever acquired of the massive six-sided maelstrom atop the ringed planet's north pole, and boy howdy is it gorgeous. » 12/05/13 7:20am 12/05/13 7:20am

Here is a gorgeous view of Venus . . . from Saturn

Just released: two spellbinding images of Venus as photographed from NASA's Cassini spacecraft (which, you'll recall, is all the way out in the Saturnian system). You'll want to check these out in hi-res, because good grief are they gorgeous. » 3/04/13 2:40pm 3/04/13 2:40pm

This rare view of Saturn is among the most awe-inspiring images of the…

Stop what you're doing and look at this. Banded, backlit and beautiful, this verdant view of Saturn — just released by CICLOPS — is one of the most remarkable images of the planet ever captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. And trust us, that's saying something. » 12/18/12 3:40pm 12/18/12 3:40pm

Holy crap, these true-color photographs of Saturn are gorgeous

Every time you think you've seen all there is to see of Saturn and its moons, the Cassini imaging team goes ahead and blows that notion right out of the water, along with your mind. In the series of images featured below, Saturn and its giant moon, Titan, show their true, jaw-dropping colors. » 8/31/12 11:30am 8/31/12 11:30am

A Startling Vortex on the South Pole of Titan

The Cassini imaging team released today a near-true-color image and a movie taken during a flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on June 27, 2012 by the Cassini spacecraft. The image reveals a swirling, whirling vortex forming high in the atmosphere overlying the south pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, as the moon's… » 7/10/12 3:51pm 7/10/12 3:51pm

Stare into the soul of Saturn's mysterious hexagonal cloud system

Feast your eyes on one of the most puzzling planetary mysteries our solar system has to offer. In this photograph of Saturn's north pole, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2009, clouds can be seen encircling the planet at about 77 degrees north latitude. Even at such a high parallel, the massive six-sided jet… » 1/23/12 7:40am 1/23/12 7:40am

Meet Iapetus, Saturn's mysterious "yin-yang" moon

More than 60 moons are known to orbit Saturn, but few of them are as visually striking as Iapetus. Named formally after the Greek mythological Titan, Iapetus is sometimes referred to as the "painted," or "yin-yang" moon, due to puzzling variations in its surface composition. » 1/13/12 5:00pm 1/13/12 5:00pm

Behold the incredible scale of Saturn

The wide angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini orbiter has been capturing incredible shots of Saturn and its various moons for years, and if this photo is any indication, it has no intentions of letting up. » 1/06/12 1:32pm 1/06/12 1:32pm

Saturn: Hot Or Not?

You can vote for the sexiest image of Saturn and its moons from the Cassini space probe, until Dec. 30. You even get to rate every space photo from 1 to 10, bringing a whole new meaning to "science porn." This pic shows the "dragon storm" on Saturn, a disturbance so fierce it kicked up radio waves. » 12/10/07 9:30am 12/10/07 9:30am